LaVerne Elser

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LaVerne A. Elser, nee Mueth, born on May 9, 1936, in Belleville, IL, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, O’Fallon, IL.

LaVerne attended Cathedral Grade School and Notre Dame Academy where she met many of her lifelong friends. She worked at Scott Air Force Base and spent the majority of her career serving as the principal’s secretary at Belleville East High School for 23 years. She was active in all her children’s sports and activities, serving in PTO and Mother’s Club and was the number one supporter of her grandchildren.

LaVerne was supportive of her husband’s activities as well. She was the heart and soul of Belleville American Legion Baseball. For 23 years, she and her husband played an integral role in the development and nurturing of young men lucky enough to play on the Hilgards baseball team.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Byron “Barney” Elser; her parents, Amelia, nee Dressler, and Edward Mueth; dear aunt, “Gussie” Dressler; brother, Kenny Mueth; sister-in-law, Beverly K. Musso; and godchild, Jason Jenks.

Surviving are her five children, Debra (Clinton) Smith of High Ridge, MO,
Dr. Tim (Carron) Elser of Cincinnati, OH,
Randy (Sheila) Elser of Freeburg, IL,
Dawn Elser (Shelly Black) of Belleville, IL
and Elaine (Scott) Hull of Belleville, IL,
her grandchildren, Justin, Wesley, Jacob Smith of High Ridge,
Ryan (fiancée, Lauren Vanderhorst) Elser of Cincinnati, OH,
Amelia and Benjamin Elser of Freeburg,
Kelly and Stephanie Hull of Belleville, IL,
a brother, Donald (Mary Lou) Mueth of O’Fallon, MO;
a sister, Lynn (Roger) Jenks of Belleville;
two brothers-in-law, Tony Musso of Belleville, IL, and Bruce (Pam) Elser of Swansea, IL;
dear cousin, Barb (Joe) Swims of Highland, IL;
and many other cousins; nieces and nephews; and family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022, at St. Henry Catholic Church, with Rev. Kenneth York officiating.

Private burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO, at a later date.


19 Comments on LaVerne Elser

Frank Cange said : Guest Report May 08, 2022 at 5:50 PM

Dear Elser Family: My deepest sympathy for the passing of LaVerne. She and Barney did so many wonderful things for all the Legion Teams that Barney coached. THey influenced the lives of so many youth. I hope LaVerne's picture will be added to the memory wall at Herzog Field. Frank Cange

  • Belleville
  • IL
Tony & Sharrol Toenjes said : Guest Report May 03, 2022 at 10:17 AM

Elser Family, We are so sorry for your loss. Barney & Laverne were wonderful neighbors & friends. We have many great memories of them.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Karen Helfrich said : Guest Report May 02, 2022 at 8:44 AM

So sorry for your loss. Your mother was a mainstay at all the ballgames especially the '68 champs. Spending the last few years at our reunion get togethers were special. Thanks for the memories. Dan and Karen Helfrich

  • Smithton
  • Illinois
Chuck Lugge said : Guest Report Apr 30, 2022 at 8:55 AM

Laverne partnered with Barney to be Belleville's First Couple in baseball. They also managed to raise a great family and be a force in the community. A life well lived.

  • IL
Carol and Bill Davison said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 4:19 PM

LaVerne was a dedicated mom and her love was always in evidence for the whole family. Rest in peace, LaVerne. Comfort and condolesence

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Carol and Bill Davison said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 3:50 PM

I am so glad I got to meet and know your mom. She truly was dedicated to her family in all their endeavors and showed that love so admirably. Comfort sent to all children, grandchildren and extended family.

  • Glen Carbon
  • Illinois
Ellen Scott said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 3:04 PM

Sending my thoughts, prayers, and peace to Debbie and the entire family.❤️

  • Chesterfield
  • MO
Mary Miles said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 2:41 PM

Dawn and Shelly and Elsner family please accept my condolences on the loss of your Mother. She sounds like a very special person and a great Mother. Peace be with you

  • Swansea
  • IL
Bill and Lou Ann James said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 11:54 AM

Our sincere sympathies go out to the Elser family on the passing of Laverne. We were friends and neighbors to Laverne's husband's family while we lived in Belleville and knew her as a very lovely person inside and out. May the memories of good times with her give you all peace.

  • Red Bud
  • IL
cecil stevenson said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 11:50 AM

Dawn and family, Sorry for loss of your MUM, she was always so friendly. Cecil S.

  • O'Fallon
  • Il
Jo Ann Nadler said : Guest Report Apr 29, 2022 at 6:14 AM

So sorry to hear of Laverne’s passing. I was a teacher at East and benefited from her kindness and sincere interest in all the people she worked with. She had a smile and good word for all of us. She was a blessing.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Angie and Jerry Vanderhorst said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 7:54 PM

Tim, siblings, and family peace and prayers. Wow! What a beautiful life she lived.

  • Sidney
  • Oh
Gerry Wessel Martin said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 2:59 PM

Sending our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy on the loss of your mother.Such a sweet lady from the neighborhood ❤️ Gerry Wessel Martin and the Wessel Family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Linda Jim Heuer said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 2:42 PM

Thoughts and prayers. So very sorry for your loss.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Gerry Wessel Martin said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 1:43 PM

Sending our thoughts,prayers,and deepest sympathy to you all. Your Mom was a great lady from the neighborhood.❤️Gerry Wessel Martin and the Wessel Family

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Kathy Sliment said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 1:00 PM

I was so very privileged to work with Laverne at East and watch her children grow up to be wonderful successful adults. My deepest sympathy on the loss of this wonderful wife and mother. Prayers that God wraps his arms around all of you as a balm for your grief.

  • Wateeloo
  • IL
missy keim & michelle park said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 12:42 PM

our deepest sympathy to the elser family. she will be deeply missed.

  • kihei
  • Hawaii
Andrea Wade said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 12:05 PM

The Ron & Carol Dickey Family sends our sincerest condolences to the family. You're in our thoughts and prayers. Laverne was one of a kind!

  • Batesville
  • Indiana said : Guest Report Apr 28, 2022 at 9:12 AM

Sorry for the loss of another wonderful person! Hugs and prayers to all of the Elser family!

  • Belleville
  • Il

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